In case you’re not a sci-fi addict, you should know that there is a sci-fi convention called WorldCon, and WorldCon fans hand out the Hugo Awards, and a bunch of right-wingers (the Sad Puppies) signed up to vote at WorldCon, and now there is some danger that a right-wing sci-fi writer might win a Hugo Award for sci-fi writing.
Therefore the left-wing sci-fi fan cliques want to lynch right-wingers like Brad Torgerson.
Brad Torgerson wrote:
But really, when SF/F sinks to this depth, you know we’ve jumped a certain kind of unfortunate shark. Political correctness has gone to a place of destructive take-no-prisoners soul tyranny that could very well and permanently wreck this field; unless good men and women of conscience decide to stand up. I made the decision a long time ago that I wasn’t going to be one of those professionals who diplomatically skulks around the field, obsequiously trying to avoid controversy and not upset the bigger fish. Again, I’ve seen too much of the elephant. My career isn’t so important to me that I am willing to become an ideological chameleon, or cipher. Perhaps this has angered some people to the point they believe it’s time to “end” Torgersen once and for all? If so, I think that’s a very sad statement — about the vindictiveness that has overtaken the genre, among men and women who should probably be working hard to be friends.
Folks, until or unless political correctness is given the boot, this kind of stuff isn’t going to stop.
It won’t be just me getting the torch. It will be you too. You other authors, and you other fans. Political correctness has a bottomless stomach, and is red in tooth and claw. Even if you try to appease the beast, it will eat you eventually anyway.
Well, I hope I gave the beast indigestion for at least one day. Tomorrow, there will be new victim(s).
I thought that Torgersen was being needlessly overdramatic. I thought he had no chance of being professionally destroyed by a few accusations of political incorrectitude.
However, he may have some cause for alarm, since he wrote:
Being a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve gives me a chance to serve the country I admire, while at the same time keeping my civilian shoes on. I have undying respect for U.S. military servicepeople and veterans, and I suffer severe allergic reactions to criticism of same.
Politically, I am a small-c conservative. I don’t use this blog to talk politics much these days, but I’ve discovered my politics leak around the edges too often for me to hide it. I’m a card-carrying United States patriot, and I love my country — warts and all.
Many people can be politically incorrect and get on with their wage-earning, but if a United States Army Reservist gets accused of badthink and hatefacts, he might actually suffer criminal penalties as well as unemployment.
A right-wing Yankee soldier is getting verbally harassed by left-wing Yankee harridans.
Here I have a problem.
On the one hand, I generally support right-wingers.
On the other hand, I invariably inveigh against the USA military and its numerous war crimes.
I can only take solace in the observation that sci-fi has always sucked, and sci-fi fandom has always sucked hard, and WorldCon has always been a black hole of petty nastiness.
the convention was noteworthy for the exclusion of a number of politicized Futurians by convention chair Sam Moskowitz; those excluded were Wollheim, Pohl, John Michel, Robert A. W. Lowndes, and Jack Gillespie, an event known to fannish historians as “The Great Exclusion Act.”
According to Pohl, in his autobiography The Way the Future Was, the Futurians held their own counter-convention which was attended by several who went to the regular convention. He also downplayed the aspect that politics played, himself believing that it was a personality conflict between the convention organizers and the Futurians and said “We pretty nearly had it coming,” continuing with “What we Futurians made very clear to the rest of New York fandom was that we thought we were better than they were. For some reason that annoyed them.”
A key point in ownership is the ability to exclude. Nerd-escapism is too wide open; the self-appointed “true fans” have to set themselves up as superior beings (some might even say, “Fans Are Slans“).
I’m kind of glad that white and Jewish leftists from the USA are doing their best to exclude filthy hoi-polloi from the sci-fi stories written in English.